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The Perks of Sitting in the Window Seat

photo taken from the window seat of an airplane

The window seat—you either hate it or love it. I’m definitely for the latter because:

1. I’m a sleeper.
2. I’m compact—only 5’2”—so legroom isn’t a problem.
3. The view.

The view makes all the hassles of being in the window seat inconsequential. Who cares about not being able to stretch into the aisle, or having to say “excuse me, sorry” 4289 times every time you have to go to the lavatory if it means gaining spectacular views of the Grand Canyon or Mount Fuji. Heck, even a clear blue sky and some fluffy white clouds will do it for me. I know a lot of people share the same sentiments. For me, being able to take window seat pictures is all part of the allure of traveling. There’s just nothing like seeing the world from thousands of feet up in the air.

The location of the wing will depend on where you’re seated. I’ve heard of people who sit in the very back just to get the wing in the shots!

Photographer Julieanne Kost shares her experience shooting from commercial airplane windows in her book entitled Window Seat: The Art of Digital Photography and Creative Thinking. It covers Julieanne’s method for staying creative, along with her personal stores, philosophies and advice. Aside from that, the book also includes a collection of images Julieanne shot over a period of five years, with brief commentaries about the manipulation, image selection, subject matter and inspiration. The third and final part of the book is the Appendix, which covers all the technical stuff, from equipment and media used, to how she processed her photographs using Adobe programs. Seeing as Julieanne is Principal Digital Imaging Evangelist of Lightroom and Photoshop, I think it would be interesting to see some of her post-processing techniques.

Have a look:

photo taken from the window seat of an airplane

photo taken from the window seat of an airplane

photo taken from the window seat of an airplane

See the unicorn? I thought that was awesome. There are so many unusual textures that you can only appreciate from an aerial perspective. The rest of Julieanne’s wonderful photos can be seen HERE.

Here’s one of my window seat photos (sans unicorn) taken with an iPhone 4S through a dirty window:

photo of las vegas nevada

flying over nevada

Feel free to share some of your window seat shots in the comments below!

Patricia Ramos the author

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.

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